How to write your
Statement of Purpose
- Introduce your aims and ambitions
- Summarise your educational background
- Explain how the course will help your future career
- Elaborate on your academic interests
- Show your enthusiasm
PARAGRAPH 1 – Introduce your aims and ambitions
- What course you are applying for
- Why you are applying to study this course
- Your medium and/or long term goals
I am applying to study an MBA in Westchester University as I now wish to develop a better understanding of how to run and develop a business successfully. My long term goal is to return to Thailand after my studies in order to eventually take over the running of my family’s business.
I am applying to study an MSc in Marketing at Westchester University as I now wish to build on my undergraduate studies in Business Studies. On completion of my UK studies, I aim to work for an International company here in South East Asia in order to consolidate my understanding of marketing, and to put into practice some of the theory that I have learned. My eventual goal is to work in my family’s furniture production company and develop overseas markets to enable us to expand.
ตัวอย่างประโยค: Introduce your aims and ambitions
“I am applying to xxxxx University because …”
“It has long been an ambition of mine to study xxxxx, as I would like to eventually work in the field of xxxxx”
“I have always wanted to work in the area of xxxxx, and I believe that a Master’s degree in xxxxx will help me achieve this goal.”
“My eventual goal is to work in …”
“On completion of my UK studies, I aim to …”
PARAGRAPH 2 – Summarise your educational background
- The courses in which you have the greatest interest
- Any academic achievements that are worth mentioning
- Any poor GPA results which you can explain by pointing to difficult circumstances (e.g. poverty, illness, or excessive workloads)
As I mentioned, I will soon complete my undergraduate studies in Engineering. I have thoroughly enjoyed my course, but I developed a particular interest in the telecommunication subjects that I studied within the course, these included; Principles of Digital Engineering, and Transmission Techniques and Broadcasting. I would like to mention the fact that I won a competition for ‘Digital Innovation’ which was organized jointly by the University and local industry.
I have recently completed my undergraduate studies in Business and Human Resource Management at Thammasat University, Bangkok. Although I enjoyed all aspects of my course, I have found myself being drawn toward the modules covering Business and Employment Law. This has made me realise that I wish to specialize in this area in my future studies. I would like to mention that my GPA is perhaps a little disappointing and does not reflect my true academic abilities. This has been in part due to extra pressures placed upon me as I have had to help to manage the family business while I was studying due to illness in the family.
ตัวอย่างประโยค: Summarise your educational background
“I have always been interested in xxxxx, and so it seemed to be a logical step for me to study xxxxx”
“I have always had a passion for xxxxx, which I think has taught me a great deal, including xxxxx and xxxxx.”
“There were certain modules on my undergraduate studies that I believe will prove useful in my Master’s studies”
“I originally studied xxxxx in xxxxx university, but I now wish to change direction in my career and study xxxxx at Masters level as my ultimate goal is to….”
“I realise that my GPA is slightly lower than the requirement for the course. I would like to explain that this is mainly because my first year scores were lower as I had not fully settled into university study at that time”
PARAGRAPH 3 – Explain how the course will help your future career
- What you have been doing until now. Have you worked as an intern? Have you worked for your family business? Have you had any work experience?
- How this experience has helped you focus on your graduate studies.
- Your future career ambitions.
As part of my course I had the opportunity to work in a respected Law firm in Bangkok, Siam Legal. Through this internship I was able to confirm that this was truly the profession that I want to work in, and also learn much about how a law firm functions in practice. I worked within the department dealing with trade litigation and was given responsibility for helping to research relevant cases.
I have been involved in our family business for many years. When I was a teenager my father used to take me along to meetings to witness negotiations and deal making. More recently I have been given some responsibility for marketing, and I have been having creative input into the marketing planning for the upcoming year. I feel that my natural calling is to continue to help develop the business and therefore it is very clear to me that completing an MBA at Westchester University will help me achieve this.
ตัวอย่างประโยค: Explain how the course will help your future career
“While I was studying at xxxxx University, I became involved in xxxxx, this helped me to learn how to xxxxx.”
“I think this experience will be extremely valuable in my future studies and in my future career since it will …”
“I believe that I have shown myself to be xxxxx through my project work on my undergraduate course, I think this will prove very useful in my postgraduate studies”
“Through my studies and involvement in the extra-curriculum activities at university, I think I have developed a number of transferable skills such as …”
“As well as my formal academic studies, I also spent much of my time at university ____ing, I think this experience is relevant to my choice of course and career as…”
PARAGRAPH 4 – Elaborate on your academic interests
- Your area of academic interests
- Does the University have a reputation of specialising in a topic which is of interest to you?
- Are there any professors who have interesting research in an area which is of interest to you?
I am particularly keen to study at Westchester as, through my research, I have found that one of your professors has similar areas of interest as me. Professsor Shukla has published a number of papers on Consumer Behaviour. This is an area which I feel will be incredibly important to me as I try to build the customer base for our family business, and I look forward to attending his lectures and seminars.
I am particularly interested in the course at Seamouth as your course in MSc Supply Chain management has a strong focus on shipping. I understand that this course has been running for a many years and over time has gained a good reputation in this field. Having looked at the teaching staff profiles online, I have discovered that your head of course has work experience in the shipping industry. As I mentioned, this is exactly the area that I am hoping to go into and so I believe that the course will have a great deal to offer me.
ตัวอย่างประโยค: Elaborate on your academic interests
“I am particularly keen to study at xxxxxxxxxxx as, through my research, I have found that one of your professors has similar areas of interest as me”
“Professsor xxxxxxx has published a number of papers on xxxxxxxxx. This is an area which I feel will be incredibly important to me as …”
“ … and I look forward to attending his lectures and seminars”
“I am particularly interested in the course at xxxxxxx as your course in xxxxxxxxxx has a strong focus on xxxxx”
“I understand that this course has been running for a many years and over time has gained a good reputation in this field”
“Having looked at the teaching staff profiles online, I have discovered that xxxxxxxxxx has work experience in xxxxxxxxx”
PARAGRAPH 5 – Show your enthusiasm
- End your statement in a positive manner. Indicate that you are excited to be studying at this university and that you are ready for the challenges ahead of you.
I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to study in the UK. I believe that I will be able to contribute a great deal to the course as I will bring my relevant work experience to class discussions. I hope that my application to Westchester will be successful as, although I realise that studying at Masters level in English will be challenging, I am looking forward to working hard and taking a step forward in my studies and career.
Thank you in advance for giving my application serious consideration
ตัวอย่างประโยค: Show your enthusiasm
“I think that I am a good choice of candidate for a place on the course because…”
“I believe that I will be able to contribute a great deal to the course as I xxxxx”
“If I am offered a place on your course, I will do my best to contribute a great deal to discussions and groupwork”
“I realise that studying at Masters level in English will be challenging, I am looking forward to working hard and taking a step forward in my studies and career.”
“I fully appreciate that you have many other applicants to your course, if I am offered a place, I will…”
“I would be grateful if you would give my application serious consideration.”